Sweden 2 Portugal 3: Player ratings as Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat-trick

Sweden 2 Portugal 3: Player ratings as Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick seals his country's place in next summer's World Cup

Sweden
2
Portugal
3

Sweden

Andreas Isaksson Superb early save to deny Alves’ header and got down well to keep out Ronaldo when through on goal but he then suffered at the hands of the Portugal captain’s brilliance. 6/10

Mikael Lustig Sweden’s full-backs pushed up noticeably higher in this game as they went in search of goals, and he was not able to track back as consistently as Olsson on the other side. 5

Per Nilsson No communication with centre-half partner Antonsson as Sweden’s defensive shape looked non-existent, particularly in the second half. 4

Mikael Antonsson His lack of pace was exposed twice when he was left for dead by Ronaldo for Portugal’s first and second goals. 4

Martin Olsson A willing runner all night, his early run and long-range shot typified the Swede’s positive early efforts. 6

Sebastian Larsson Hit a guilt-edged chance straight at Patricio but was otherwise quiet. Substituted. 5#

Rasmus Elm Had much more of an impact on the midfield battle than in Friday’s encounter but just lacked the ability to prize open the stubborn Portuguese defence. Substituted. 6

Kim Kallstrom Played a lot of aerial balls and whilst this helped stop his side being overrun in midfield as they were on Friday, Alves and Pepe found them easy to deal with. Set-piece delivery was good. Booked by Howard Webb for diving. 6

Alexander Kacaniklic Always looked confident and able to take players on but sometimes tried to do a bit too much and his touch let him down. 7

Johan Elmander Looked a yard behind everything his strike partner Ibrahimovic did both physically and mentally. 5

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Dropped increasingly deep as he looked to haul his side back into the game. Sometimes he looked inspired but it meant he was never in a position to take chances from open play. He showed his true quality with a header from a corner and then a brilliant free-kick. Had it not been for a certain other world-class player, Sweden may have qualified. 8

Substitutes

Anders Svensson The veteran added an air of composure to the midfield. 7

Jimmy Durmaz N/A

Alexander Gerndt N/A

Portugal

Rui Patricio Did well to hold Kallstrom’s long-range effort but was helpless to prevent either Sweden goal. 5

Joao Pereira Unable to influence the game as much as he did in the home leg going forward and had a hard time dealing with Kacaniklic. 5

Pepe Did well to ensure Sweden’s clear-cut chances were at a premium. His all-round physical presence in terms of pace and strength was too much for Elmander to handle. 7

Bruno Alves Managed to repel most of Sweden’s long balls but was ou-tmuscled by Ibrahimovic which brought Sweden back into it. 6

Fabio Coentrao Looked dangerous when bursting forward but did not look at all comfortable with his positioning when balls were played into the channels. Substituted. 6

Miguel Veloso Needless foul on Elmander that allowed Ibrahimovic to smash Sweden ahead on the night. Was unable to make his presence felt. 5

Raul Meireles The more direct manner of Sweden’s play made it hard for him to exert the same control on the game as he did in the first leg. 6

Joao Moutinho Showed his class with two absolutely superb passes that set Ronaldo away for his first and third goals to help seal Portugal’s qualification. 8

Nani A performance typical of a winger short on confidence. Made very little attempts to take players on, playing backwards passes when confronted with a defender. 5

Cristiano Ronaldo (man of the match) After cutting a frustrated figure early on when he missed a couple a chances, he channelled his annoyance into a devastating performance. A stunning hat-trick which would go some way to arguing that there is not a better player on the planet right now. 10

Hugo Almeida Missed a superb chance to put the tie to bed when he headed Ronaldo’s perfectly-weighted ball into the side netting with the goal at his mercy. Good assist for the Portugal’s second. Substituted. 6

Substitutes

Vitorino Antunes His side looked a lot more susceptible at the back after he came on. 5

William Carvalho Showed good control and passing range when introduced. 6

Ricardo Costa N/A

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